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Carer Support Practitioner (Parent Carers)

  • Full time
  • £27,986
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 10th November 2020

  • Advertised from 16th October 2020
  • 30/36 hours per week (with regular evening and occasional weekend work)
  • 32 days paid leave plus 6 public holidays


VOCAL - Voice of Carers Across Lothian - seeks an enthusiastic and experienced support practitioner to join its busy and expanding Edinburgh team to provide casework support to parent carers across Edinburgh. The post holder will support parent carers living or caring in Edinburgh to plan and access person-centred support for their caring situation, health and wellbeing and personal development.

The post holder will work within a new partnership – Parents Carewell - to support parent carers. Parents Carewell is a new service to support parent carers across the life course. The lead agency of this partnership is the Action Group, with partners including VOCAL Edinburgh, FAIR Advice and Edinburgh Development Group (EDG). The post holder will deliver parent carer supports such as one to one information and advice, support groups and events, working collaboratively with other agencies.

The successful candidate will be employed by VOCAL and based at the Edinburgh Carers’ Hub. VOCAL is a carer-led organisation and provides a wide range of services to support unpaid carers in their caring role. The post-holder will be expected to work as part of a team, improve outcomes for carers and maximise uptake of VOCAL services.

Applicants will evidence excellent people, and communication skills, casework and person-centred support work. Applicants will also demonstrate awareness of the diverse range of caring situations, the impact of caring on peoples’ lives and barriers carers face at different points of the caring journey. Excellent knowledge of health and social care, including key legislation and policy affecting carers, will be expected. Applicants will be digitally competent and effective communicators with individuals, carer groups and partner agencies.

Application notes

Download the person specification / job description, also available at Complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to Alternatively, send by post to Lead Officer Carer Support (Edinburgh), c/o VOCAL Edinburgh, 60 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5HB. Please specify the post you are applying for in the title of the email.

We welcome applications from under-represented minority groups.

Closing date: Tuesday 10th November 2020, 5pm